Modified wood product aims to save hardwood forests from the axe


Australia's famed hardwood tree - the Eucalyptus obliqua - could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Australia’s famed hardwood tree – the Eucalyptus obliqua – could be spared in favor of 3Wood

Waste is a terrible thing, particularly when it comes to the use of hardwood trees. The World Wildlife Fund says that about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year. That’s a huge amount of carbon released into the atmosphere from deforestation.

David Lewis, Australia’s Flinders Centre for NanoScale Science & Technology (CNST) Director and co-developer,  says “if you take a big tree, only a small percentage of that becomes hardwood; the rest is chipped and burned.”

But there’s hope on the horizon.

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People would buy green products if ecommerce showed they how

Green ShoppingThis blog was founded on the premise that people want to know more about green – green living, environmental issues, innovative solutions that creative minds have come up with regarding climate change issues and more. And hopefully it’s lived up to you the reader’s expectations in that regard.

I read a great article by journalist Chelsea Harvey detailing a new study showing that consumers would purchase more green, eco-friendly products and services if only they were given the options on how and/or where to do it. This included things from purchasing carbon offsets – how many of us really know how to do that? – to products that have the lowest carbon output of greenhouse gas emissions.

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FireIce – from innovation to adoption to fight wildfires

Wildfires in CA 2015

With wildfires raging all the way up and down the West Coast, firefighters welcome every advantage they can get to successfully bring conflagrations under control.  In 2008, I profiled a then new product called FireIce (see full article below), an innovative product that’s nontoxic, biodegradable and effectively snuffs fires out.

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Seeing Green in Singapore – A Guide to Eco-Living in the City State


These solar “supertrees” are part of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Editors Note:  The following is a guest post from Ruth Harrison-Roberts.

If you’re someone who prefers to live life in an eco-friendly way, you may be wondering how exactly you’ll manage it in Singapore. The city-state is, after all, a very built-up place, with a dense population, busy roads and high-rise buildings dominating the skyline.

However, it was in fact designed as a garden city! You would never consider grouping it in with Letchworth and Welwyn in the UK, but the premise remains the same: soften the urban sprawl by planting trees along the highways and byways and creating parklands. And, this is one of the first things that people tend to notice when they visit Singapore – just how green it looks.

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Love Bug Eraser offers environmentally friendly way to clean your car

Love Bug ErasserYou know what a mess your car can look like when you finally arrive after a long trip. The bug spatter, grime and windshield mess can be pretty nasty. The usual remedies are either take it to the nearest car wash or wash it at home. Both methods rely on harsh chemicals to get the job done.

Don Meyns was frustrated with those solutions. Realizing he needed to develop his own remedy, he set out to create a better, more environmentally friendly way of cleaning cars that wouldn’t be harmful to the paint or finish. After numerous tries, the Love Bug Eraser was born.

To learn more about this versatile and eco-friendly product, go to

Get rid of mold and mildew naturally with Safe T Air

Safe T Air indoor pollution solutionI hate to admit it but I’ve been living with a pollution problem of the indoor type. For the past six years, my guest bedroom has had a seriously musty, moldy smell that no amount of cleaning or room deodorizer could tame. So when I was asked to test a product called Safe T Air, billed as “the solution to indoor air pollution”, I jumped at the chance.

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A safer, non-toxic canned air system

02 Hurricane  Canless Air System cleaning a  keyboard

The O2 Hurricane Canless Air System really is air, not canned compressed toxic chemicals

Spring has quickly morphed into summer-like weather and many of us are pulling out window and revolving fans to get them ready to stave off the coming sweltering heat. In my own efforts, I discovered that though stored well, an annoying a layer of dust had accumulated inside my fans.

Recently, I came across a device that’s saved me from my annual take-apart-and-clean-the-fans ritual.

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